It

It

by

Stephen King

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The seventh member of the Losers’ Club and the son of Will Hanlon and Jessica Hanlon. The Hanlons are Derry’s only black family, and they own one of two farms in town; the other belongs to Butch Bowers. Both of Mike’s parents moved to Derry from the South. Mike plays football at Derry High School and remains in town, where he becomes the head librarian of the Derry Public Library and the town’s recordkeeper and unofficial historian. He is the only character who narrates in first-person during the novel’s interludes. Mike refers to himself as the “watchman”—that is, he keeps a lookout for It and, after the murder of Adrian Mellon in 1985, calls his six old friends to notify them that they must return to Derry and destroy the evil force that they sent away twenty-seven years earlier. Like all of the other members of the Losers’ Club, Mike is childless. He is also unmarried. During the group’s lunch meeting at Jade of the Orient, he notes how the others have left Derry to become very successful and wealthy, while he has stayed behind and makes a more modest living. Mike’s role as the guardian of Derry is somewhat ironic, given the town’s initial aversion to its first black inhabitants, most of whom, like Will Hanlon, were soldiers on an army base in town in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mike Hanlon Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by Mike Hanlon or refer to Mike Hanlon. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of It published in 2017.
Chapter 3 Quotes

What a bunch of losers they had been—Stan Uris with his big Jew-boy nose, Bill Denbrough who could say nothing but "Hi-yo, Silver!" without stuttering so badly that it drove you almost dogshit, Beverly Marsh with her bruises and her cigarettes rolled into the sleeve of her blouse, Ben Hanscom who had been so big he looked like a human version of Moby Dick, and Richie Tozier with his thick glasses and his A averages and his wise mouth and his face which just begged to be pounded into new and exciting shapes. Was there a word for what they had been? Oh yes. There always was. Le mot juste. In this case le mot juste was wimps…

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Page Number: 70
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Derry: The Second Interlude Quotes

“It was most pop'lar in the big cities and the manufacturin areas. New York, New Jersey, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, Portsmouth—they all had their chapters. They tried to organize in Maine, but Derry was the only place they had any real success. Oh, for awhile there was a pretty good chapter in Lewiston—this was around the same time as the fire at the Black Spot—but they weren't worried about niggers raping white women or taking jobs that should have belonged to white men, because there weren't any niggers to speak of up here. In Lewiston they were worried about tramps and hobos and that something called ‘the bonus army’ would join up with something they called ‘the Communist riffraff army,’ by which they meant any man who was out of work. The Legion of Decency used to send these fellows out of town just as fast as they came in. Sometimes they stuffed poison ivy down the backs of their pants. Sometimes they set their shirts on fire.”

Related Characters: Will Hanlon (speaker), Mike Hanlon
Page Number: 452
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“If we have to call It something, it might as well be what we used to call It. I've begun to think, you see, that It has been here so long …whatever It really is…that It's become a part of Derry, something as much a part of the town as the Standpipe, or the Canal, or Bassey Park, or the library. Only It's not a matter of outward geography, you understand. Maybe that was true once, but now lt's…inside. Somehow It's gotten inside. That's the only way I know to understand all of the terrible things that have happened here—the nominally explicable as well as the utterly inexplicable.”

Page Number: 509
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Chapter 15 Quotes

Mike said, “It's always been here, since the beginning of time…since before there were men anywhere, unless maybe there were just a few of them in Africa somewhere, swinging through the trees or living in caves. The crater's gone now, and the ice age probably scraped the valley deeper and changed some stuff around and filled the crater in…but It was here then, sleeping, maybe, waiting for the ice to melt, waiting for the people to come.” “That's why It uses the sewers and the drains,” Richie put in. “They must be regular freeways for It.”

Page Number: 773
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Chapter 19 Quotes

He would kill them all, his tormentors, and then those feelings—that he was losing his grip, that he was coming inexorably to a larger world he would not be able to dominate as he had dominated the playyard at Derry Elementary, that in the wider world the fatboy and the nigger and the stuttering freak might somehow grow larger while he somehow only grew older—would be gone.

Page Number: 964
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Chapter 21 Quotes

Bill marked it as a paper boat. Stan saw it as a bird rising toward the sky—a phoenix, perhaps. Michael saw a hooded face—that of crazy Butch Bowers, perhaps, if it could only be seen. Richie saw two eyes behind a pair of spectacles. Beverly saw a hand doubled up into a fist. Eddie believed it to be the face of the leper, all sunken eyes and wrinkled snarling mouth—all disease, all sickness, was stamped into that face. Ben Hanscom saw a tattered pile of wrappings and seemed to smell old sour spices […] Henry Bowers would see it as the moon, full, ripe…and black.

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Mike Hanlon Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 2: After the Festival (1984)
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Adrian Mellon won his hat at the Canal Days Festival, for which Mike Hanlon provided some historical exhibits. The festival runs from July 15th to July 21st and... (full context)
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...Facility, sentence suspended.” All three of their sentences are under appeal around the time that Mike Hanlon is writing in his diary, in an effort to retain the memory of these... (full context)
Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...an instant fright and wonders if it is her mother, but Stanley greets someone named “Mike.” At the end of the mysterious call, Patricia asks him who was on the phone.... (full context)
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Mike Hanlon next calls Richie Tozier, who manages the news about It pretty well, until he... (full context)
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Ben tells Ricky Lee about the call from Mike Hanlon. He says that he will fly back to Derry tonight—but not on his own... (full context)
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...his hand, where he and the other children cut their palms, becomes more visible after Mike Hanlon’s call. (full context)
Derry: The First Interlude
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All of the interludes, written by Mike Hanlon, come from “an unpublished set of notes and accompanying fragments of manuscript” stored in... (full context)
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In the notes, Mike Hanlon contemplates if it is possible for a town to be haunted. He then considers... (full context)
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Mike thinks of all of the cases that have appeared recently. There is the murder of... (full context)
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Mike decides that he will have to make the six phone calls to his old friends.... (full context)
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Mike keeps the notebook to help him make sense of Derry, which has a longer history... (full context)
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Mike goes to see Albert Carson once more, a month before Carson dies. Carson asks if... (full context)
Chapter 6: One of the Missing: A Tale from the Summer of ‘58
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...Macklin, does not kill him. Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Eddie Kaspbrak, Richie Tozier, Beverly Marsh, Mike Hanlon, and Stanley Uris—the members of the future Losers’ Club—are all in their own homes... (full context)
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Unable to sleep, Mike Hanlon rises soon after dawn on the first full day of summer vacation. He dresses... (full context)
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Will Hanlon leaves his son, Mike, notes about what chores to perform around the farm. On one or two schooldays a... (full context)
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One day, Mike goes over to the old Kitchener Ironworks. He peers inside of the old smokestack. He... (full context)
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Mike starts to run. The bird screams, and he hears its fluttering wings. Its black eyes... (full context)
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Mike waits to see what will happen next. He has gathered a stack of broken tile... (full context)
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When Mike gets home, his father, Will Hanlon, is changing the plugs on the tractor. Mike explains... (full context)
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Mike releases himself from this memory and looks again at the blood beside the Canal. He... (full context)
Derry: The Second Interlude
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...also has a girlfriend, whom he loves. Torrio had no reason to disappear from Derry. Mike Hanlon wonders what happened to him. Might he be keeping company with Betty Ripsom, Patrick... (full context)
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Mike chastises himself for going over the same ground repeatedly and being unproductive. He comes close... (full context)
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Mike Hanlon’s diary entry for February 20th covers the burning of the Black Spot, which he... (full context)
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Will Hanlon tells his son, Mike, this story in 1958, when Will is around fifty and his mother, Jessica, is “only... (full context)
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...and his “grits-and-cornpone” friends but the Derry branch of the Maine Legion of White Decency. Mike asks who they were, but Will does not have much of an answer. He mentions... (full context)
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...merely another seed of evil that found a place to grow in Derry’s wretched soil. Mike wants to hear more about the burning of the Black Spot, but his mother tells... (full context)
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On February 26, 1985, Mike Hanlon writes about reading over his last entry about his father and bursting into tears.... (full context)
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Mike Hanlon is alone in the Derry Public Library and thinking of his father’s voice telling... (full context)
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Will Hanlon tells Mike that when he was at the army base in Derry from 1929 to 1930 there... (full context)
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...old man on the council, whose name is Mueller, says that is not his problem. Mike makes the connection to his classmate Sally Mueller. Will says that this Mueller would have... (full context)
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Mike prompts his father to reveal the thing he saw nearby—the thing he does not want... (full context)
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On March 1st, in his final diary entry for this interlude, Mike realizes that the thing has come again. He writes until three in the morning and... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Reunion
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Back in 1985, the telephone rings and Bill Denbrough answers it. It is Mike Hanlon. Bill remembers where he is. He is in Derry and staying at the Derry... (full context)
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...County wanted to tear down the Aladdin Theater and put up a “complete banking mall.” Mike Hanlon helped to prevent it at a city council meeting. The cabbie asks if Bill... (full context)
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...meant to ask Dave if he likes living in Derry. Bill walks into the restaurant. Mike Hanlon is in the lobby, sitting on a wicker chair. Mike appears worn and very... (full context)
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Mike pulls away from Bill around the time that the hostess comes to lead them to... (full context)
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Mike orders drinks. They find out that Beverly Marsh is now “Beverly Rogan.” She says that... (full context)
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Ben asks Mike if the library is the same. Mike reaches into his wallet and takes out an... (full context)
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Mike signals the waitress and they all order another round of drinks. Bill hopes that someone... (full context)
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Mike says that he has subscribed to the newspapers closest to where all of them live,... (full context)
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Mike tells his old group of friends that the murders have started again. He talks about... (full context)
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Mike muses that It has been around for so long that It’s part of Derry’s history.... (full context)
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Eddie tries to remember how they stopped It. Mike assures him that he will remember in time. Ben wonders what will happen if they... (full context)
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Mike says that after the death of a boy named Steven Johnson, he told himself that,... (full context)
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Mike proceeds to tell stories of children who have been decapitated, drowned in toilets, and torn... (full context)
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Mike next shows the gang a photo of the remains of a boy named Jerry Bellwood;... (full context)
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Mike takes back his photos. He puts them in his jacket pocket and when they are... (full context)
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Mike says that people are doing what they are expected to do in the midst of... (full context)
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Mike then unbuttons his shirt and spreads it wide, revealing pink claw marks. Richie remembers the... (full context)
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Mike asks Bill if he remembers the “deadlights.” Bill says that he does not, and he... (full context)
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...anything about their childlessness, but Bill thinks it certainly suggests a link. Bill then asks Mike what they should do now. (full context)
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Mike suggests that they can try to kill It again, or just divide up the check... (full context)
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For a moment, Bill’s hand hangs in the air alone. Then Beverly, Mike, and Ben raise their hands. Eddie sits back in his chair, looking as though he... (full context)
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Bill asks what Mike’s idea is. Mike thinks that everyone should go back to the place in Derry which... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...the plate at the circulation desk is Carole Danner. On a door behind her is Mike Hanlon’s name on a door with a frosted-glass panel. She comes over and asks Ben... (full context)
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...all right; he looks ill. She invites him to lie down on a cot in Mike Hanlon’s office, but he declines. (full context)
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...Starrett died of a stroke three years ago, at the age of fifty-eight or fifty-nine. Mike closed the library for a day in recognition. Ben is surprised to feel that he... (full context)
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...and Kossuth Lane. Beverly has already climbed off the bus near Lower Main Street, and Mike drives his car back to the library. Eddie wonders in which direction he should go.... (full context)
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...of this. His eyes begin to burn, and Richie remembers the smoke that he and Mike once endured. He takes a step closer to the Paul Bunyan statue. He remembers how... (full context)
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...the call is local, he goes to the telephone and dials the Derry Public Library. Mike Hanlon answers. Bill tells him that he is buying a bike and asks if he... (full context)
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...speech school: his fists against the posts and still insists… He pushes Silver on to Mike’s place. (full context)
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Mike makes burgers after he and Bill finish working on Silver. Mike’s house is a neat... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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The day after Mike makes first his calls to the adult members of the Losers’ Club, Henry Bowers hears... (full context)
Derry: The Third Interlude
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Mike Hanlon recalls the incident with the Bradley Gang, which occurs thirteen months before the burning... (full context)
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...courthouse steps and pumps rounds into the outlaws’ dead vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the picture-taking starts. Mike asks how something of that magnitude was covered up. Mr. Keene reasons that no one... (full context)
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Mike asks Norbert Keene one more question—if   Keene has seen the clown. Keene mentions that he... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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Bill is the first member of the group at the library, watching as Mike deals with the last of the patrons. Bill thinks of Silver, leaning against the wall... (full context)
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...Henry’s personal hate parade” is not in the Losers’ Club at this time. It is Mike Hanlon. Henry gets this hatred from his father, “Butch” Bowers, who associates the Hanlons with... (full context)
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Jessica Hanlon is a devout Baptist, so she sends Mike to the Neibolt Street Church School where things are okay, but Mike still feels that... (full context)
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While running from Henry, Mike slips in some mud which Henry then rubs all over Mike, calling him “nigger.” Henry... (full context)
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The following day, Will Hanlon calls Mike out to the barn and warns him to stay out of Henry’s way. He tells... (full context)
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, Peter Gordon, and Steve Sadler are chasing Mike through the trainyard and toward the Barrens when Bill and the rest of the Losers’... (full context)
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...The boys finish the farm chores and step out onto the road, where they see Mike Hanlon. Henry wants to sneak up on Mike carefully because Mike is fast. Victor asks,... (full context)
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Mike is currently being chased by Henry Bowers, “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, Steve Sadler, and Peter... (full context)
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Mike turns and runs across the trainyards. Henry and the other bullies climb the fence. Mike... (full context)
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The other bullies skid to a stop. Their faces are fixed in disbelief. Mike lobs another piece of coal that hits Henry in the throat. Henry’s face contorts and... (full context)
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Mike is still running and knows that Henry and the others are gaining on him. Mike... (full context)
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...are unimpressed. After all, he and the other bullies had no problem ganging up on Mike Hanlon. In a kind of revenge, Bill, Richie, Stanley, and Eddie fling rocks at Moose,... (full context)
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...group will move in on them and Bill promises to put them in the hospital. Mike joins in on the promised effort. For the first time, Bill sees fear in Henry’s... (full context)
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Henry, however, still resists the demand to leave and calls Beverly and Mike names. This prompts four rocks to go flying. Henry is helpless and the other bullies... (full context)
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...to look at the new dark-skinned kid. Their look of careful curiosity is familiar to Mike. Bill looks at him, then at everyone else, and senses that their group is somehow... (full context)
Chapter 14: The Album
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During the group’s meeting at the library, everyone brings booze. Mike thinks that the only thing left to do now is to finish the job of... (full context)
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Mike goes to his fridge to reach for his six-pack of beer and sees Stanley Uris’s... (full context)
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The eyes roll toward Mike and speak to him. Mike refuses to believe that what he is seeing is real.... (full context)
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Mike then looks up and sees balloons. They have messages. The blue ones say: “DERRY NIGGERS... (full context)
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Mike thinks back again to how they all meet in the Barrens. He remembers hearing Richie’s... (full context)
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Mike thinks for a moment that Bill is going to ask him what it is like... (full context)
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Before Bill divulges the secret, he asks if there is anyone who does not want Mike in their club. No one raises a hand. Bill then asks who wants to tell... (full context)
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The members of the Losers’ Club tell Mike, one-by-one, their own unique stories about their experiences with It. While walking home that night,... (full context)
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Mike thinks again about the bird. This is the first time that he really allows himself... (full context)
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Mike and his band then march up Main Street. He sees the clown again, handing out... (full context)
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Mike describes the nightmarish bird as a cross between a sparrow and a robin but with... (full context)
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Mike watches the faces of the others grow concerned and scared but never disbelieving. This fills... (full context)
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...working on the clubhouse while the others have gone to get more materials. Richie tells Mike that he owes them twenty-three cents if he wants to be in the club—part of... (full context)
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Richie then attempts to sing a rock-and-roll song, which amuses Ben and Mike. When Mike holds his nose and laughs so hard that tears come out of his... (full context)
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Bill notices the album in Mike’s hands and the group looks at it. Bill warns that no one should touch the... (full context)
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Mike goes to another picture, which is from 1856. In this photo, a bunch of drunks... (full context)
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Mike then points out a clipping from the Derry News. The picture shows a woodcut of... (full context)
Chapter 15: The Smoke-Hole
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...feels familiar, though he has worn contact lenses for twenty years. He is listening to Mike’s story about the bird at the Ironworks. Mike also reminds the others of how the... (full context)
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...knock back their individual preferences for booze. Eddie is drinking gin-and-prune juice, Bill drinks bourbon, Mike opens another beer, and Beverly finishes her third screwdriver. Eddie breaks the silence that has... (full context)
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...the story of the smoke-hole. He remembers that it occurred four or five days after Mike brought Will Hanlon’s photo album down to the Barrens. The clubhouse is done by this... (full context)
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...go down first, and the others hand down the rocks one by one. For kindling, Mike offers his tattered Archie comic book. They light a flame and watch it blaze up.... (full context)
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Mike asks Richie how he is feeling. Richie says that he almost feels “good” and Mike... (full context)
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Mike and Richie notice that they are no longer inside of the clubhouse but in the... (full context)
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...come from another star or another galaxy. There is then an explosion. Richie senses It. Mike drags Richie to his feet and they run along the banks of the Kenduskeag during... (full context)
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Mike goes on to reason that It has always been there, since the beginning of time.... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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...that it was Henry Bowers who broke his arm and asks if the others remember. Mike nods and says that the break occurred before Patrick Hocksetter appeared. Eddie gives the date... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Bullseye
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...and Stan ask to use it, too. Beverly asks if anyone lives on the street. Mike says that only bums frequent the area. (full context)
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...him by the ankles and he goes tumbling inside. Next come Eddie, Richie, Stan, and Mike. (full context)
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...through the door before it can get them. Before Beverly can pull the slingshot back, Mike stops her, opens the door, and points out that it is just a mooseblower, something... (full context)
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...is hot, raw, and murderous. Ben grabs Beverly so hard that he tears her shirt. Mike and Richie prompt Beverly to shoot It, which she does. The silver slug misses by... (full context)
Derry: The Fourth Interlude
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On the night of April 6, 1985, Mike Hanlon is drunk. He has been bar-hopping and is now sitting in the public library... (full context)
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...occurred there. A few old-timers claim to remember it but the only one whose testimony Mike trusts is Egbert Thoroughgood, who now lives in a nursing home. To help Mike understand... (full context)
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Mike turns off his cassette recorder and asks Egbert Thoroughgood if he really did not know... (full context)
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Mike asks Egbert Thoroughgood if there was anyone present at the bar whom he did not... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...silver slugs, the group still wants to talk. However, it is 1:15 AM now and Mike wants to sleep. Eddie wants to continue talking so that they can remember everything, but... (full context)
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...take the blood oath many years earlier. They then grasp hands to close their circle. Mike realizes that it is all starting to happen again. A force overtakes the library, tipping... (full context)
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At 1:55 AM, back at the Derry Public Library in 1985, Mike Hanlon lays his pen aside. He looks across the library’s main room but he does... (full context)
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Mike thinks that maybe he should have told them the rest of it, but something spoke... (full context)
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Mike writes quietly for fifteen minutes. He thinks of the image of Stan’s severed head, but... (full context)
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Mike reaches over the surface of the circulation desk to get his letter opener. He clutches... (full context)
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Henry asks Mike if he ever hears voices. Henry says that he hears lots of voices from the... (full context)
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Henry lunges at Mike with his knife. Mike steps aside and sticks out a foot, and Henry trips and... (full context)
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Instead of plunging the letter opener into Henry, Mike drops to his knees and grabs at the knife. Henry rolls away and grabs the... (full context)
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Mike struggles to his feet, but Henry gets up more quickly. Mike thinks that Henry has... (full context)
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Mike back-pedals, but there is hardly any feeling left in the leg in which he was... (full context)
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Mike loses his grip on the circulation desk. The phone swings before him on its cord... (full context)
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...bleeding belly. Henry knows that he has been badly injured, but he is sure that Mike Hanlon is dead. Henry walks up to the front door of what used to be... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Henry tosses a “fist-sized chunk of rock” and hits Ben in the buttocks. Mike finds a piece of scrapwood left over from building the clubhouse roof and throws that,... (full context)
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Bill looks at Richie, Mike, and Stan and tells them that they have to get the lid off of the... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Circle Closes
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...She calls Richie, then Ben. Both of them agree to come right away. She calls Mike last, but no one answers. Bill suggests that she try the library. Before she can... (full context)
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Beverly asks for Mike Hanlon, and voice asks her who is calling. She counters, “Who are you?” The voices... (full context)
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...the hospital, pretending to be a reporter from the Derry News, to get information about Mike’s condition. He tells the others that Mike is alive but in grave condition. Beverly begins... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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...[comes] through the pipe that the guttering match fell from Bill's fingers and went out.” Mike thinks that something has gotten hold of one of them. Bill asks Eddie which way... (full context)
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...quite alive. She is in Its “deadlights.” The glamours are amusing to It. For instance, Mike does not consciously remember the large crow that pecked at him when he was in... (full context)
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They are approaching “Derry’s dark and ruined heart.” Mike and Beverly are able to feel that evil power. They crane their necks back to... (full context)
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...At 6:19 AM, a bolt of lightning strikes the Kissing Bridge. The wind picks up. Mike Hanlon awakes in his room at 6:46 AM. (full context)
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Mike looks up and sees bottles hanging overhead. One has clear liquid and the other is... (full context)
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...under the city, Richie strikes a light. Bill senses that something is wrong—something related to Mike. Bill tells everyone to grab his hands, as he wants to send Mike their power.... (full context)
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Bill then has the sensation that Mike is fine. They continue into the tunnel, with Richie or Bill periodically lighting matches. The... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Ritual of Chüd
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...sees Eddie near the ceiling, with both of his legs and arms gone. Beverly and Mike cling to each other like Hansel and Gretel, as the Spider reaches the floor and... (full context)
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...screaming in death agony—or so Bill believes. Bill lets It go and It scrambles away. Mike tells Bill to look out because strands of the web are coming down. Bill wonders... (full context)
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...stiffens, and makes a sound. She feels no physical pleasure, but she senses a closeness. Mike comes to her next, then Richie. She feels some pleasure now. Then, Stan goes to... (full context)
Derry: The Last Interlude
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On June 4, 1985, Mike writes that Bill entered his hospital room and gave him his notebook, which Carole Danner... (full context)
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Bill says that Richie flew back to California in the morning. Mike asks if Bill will stay in touch. Bill thinks that he might, but he worries... (full context)
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Mike asks about Ben and Beverly. Bill smiles a little and says that Ben invited her... (full context)
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Before leaving Mike’s room, Bill does what Mike considers an odd but rather lovely thing—Bill leans over and... (full context)
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The forgetting suggests to Mike that they really did kill It. He realizes that there is no longer a need... (full context)
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Mike calls Bill in the afternoon of the following day. There is still no change in... (full context)
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Richie tells Mike that, if he is ever in Los Angeles, they should get together for a meal.... (full context)
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...falls directly upon him while he is working at his desk. Rademacher dies instantly. Meanwhile, Mike talks to Bill again about his wife. Audra is eating solid foods again. Otherwise, there... (full context)
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Bill says he has an idea about how to get Audra back completely. Mike says he thinks that he knows what it is, but Bill will have to act... (full context)
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Mike gets news that he can go home on June 11th. He calls Bill. Mike wants... (full context)
Epilogue
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Bill stands naked in Mike’s bedroom, looking at his aging adult body. He puts on his underpants and thinks of... (full context)
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Bill rolls Silver out of Mike’s garage. He oils the chain-and-sprocket and lightly squeezes the horn. Then, he goes back into... (full context)